Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Temple's Fernandez named Big 5 Player of the Week

PHILADELPHIA – Temple University senior guard Juan Fernandez was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 13.  It is second time he has earned Big 5 Player of the Week, the last coming on Dec. 14, 2010.

The 6-4 Rio Tercero, Argentina native averaged 18 points, five assists, and three steals in two Temple wins. On February 15, he scored 16 points and made a career-high four steals in a 76-70 win at St. Bonaventure.  He followed that up with a 20-point, six-assist outing in a 78-59 win over Duquesne Saturday.  In that game, he shot seven-for-11 from the field, and a sizzling shooting six-for-seven from three-point range. Also in the win over the Dukes, he became the seventh Owl to dish 400 career assists.  He now has 403 for his career.

On the season, Fernandez leads Temple with 101 assists (3.9 apg.) and ranks third on the team in scoring with an 11.5 average.

The #22/22 Owls (21-5, 10-2) play two road A10/Big 5 games this week, travelling up Broad Street to take on La Salle Wednesday (7:00 p.m./1210 AM WPHT) and then to Saint Joseph’s for a nationally-televised game against the Hawks (7:00 p.m./ESPNU/1210 AM WPHT).  It marks Temple’s first time at Hagan Arena since Feb. 13, 2001, a 72-61 St. Joe’s win.
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